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25 Amazing places to visit in Sweden

25 Amazing places to visit in Sweden

Are you planning to visit Sweden, and want to know where to go? Here are 25 amazing places to visit in Sweden!

As a tourist, it can be tough to find out about the hidden gems and places to visit that aren’t the most famous ones, but luckily you’ve found yourself a fellow Swede here. 

1. Lapland

If you like nature, wildlife, and snow, then Lapland is one of the best places to visit in Sweden, especially during winter as you will most likely be able to experience the northern lights as well.

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2. Visby, Gotland

Fancy a medieval experience? Then head to Gotland where the medieval city and city wall of Visby is still standing. If you’re relly into the medieval heritage and culture, you should visit Visby during the medieval week.

Here you can dress up as a knight, go to a traditional market and see tournaments and how people used to live during that period.

If you’re relly into the medieval heritage and culture, you should visit Visby during the medieval week, where you can dress up as a knight, go to a traditional market and see tournaments and how people used to live during that period.

visby gotland

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3. Gothenburg

Sweden’s second largest city is known as the most charming city in Europe. The night life is amazing, and the surrounding area is filled with beautiful nature, and the inner city is filled with shopping, cafés, and friendly locals.

Gothenburg is definitely one of the must places to visit in Sweden!


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4. Ice Hotel, Jukkasjärvi

Have you ever slept in a room made up of ice? Probably not, but in Jukkasjärvi you can experience this unique Ice Hotel where everything is made of Ice.


Fotograf: Paulina Holmgren

5. Kalmar

Perhaps most famous for its castle, but Kalmar is actually a really nice city with some beautiful Renaissance architecture.

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6. Österlen

The place where many rich Stockholmians are going in the summer time, and no wonder why. Österlen is a tranquil place in the region of Skåne with beautiful beaches and a lovely countryside.

osterlen places to visit in sweden during summer

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7. Stockholm

The Capital is obviously one of the best places to visit in Sweden. It’s sprawling of life, especially during summer, even though many Stockholmians are leaving the capital from June to August.

Outdoor cafés and bars are open as soon as the sun shows itself in spring/summer.


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8. Jokkmokk

Want an authentic Swedish experience? Visit Jokkmokk and meet the Sami people, one of the indigenous folks here. The Sami People have an interesting and beautiful culture.

sami people

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9. Kebnekaise

Love to conquer mountains? Then it would be a no-brainer to go to Kebnekaise, which is the highest mountain in Sweden.


10. Birka

Heard about Vikings? Sure, you have! And in Birka, outside of Stockholm, you can relive the life as a Viking. How to get here? By a Viking boat of course! Birka was a major trading place in Sweden during the Viking era.

Birka tourist attraction

11. High Coast

Like to hike? Then you should write down the High Coast on your list of places to visit in Sweden. It’s a beautiful trail that should be on every hiker’s bucket list.

hiking the high coast

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12. Sigtuna

Renowned as the first city of Sweden, Sigtuna is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Sweden. It lies just about 45 minutes outside of Stockholm, so it’s easy to get here as well on a day trip from Stockholm.


13. Skåne

My home region is definitely one of the must places to visit in Sweden. Skåne is really beautiful with all its hills and colorful landscapes and windmills.

Best time to visit is during spring when the canola fields are turning the whole region into a yellow color blast!


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14. Hven

If you’re traveling to Skåne, you shouldn’t miss out on a visit to the beautiful island of Hven, where you can you rent a bike and bicycle around the island.


15. Kosterhavet national park

Sweden’s first marine national park offers some scenic views, wildlife, and beautiful nature.


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16. West Coast

If you thought that only the eastern coast with the Stockholm Archipelago was something to write down on your list of places to visit in Sweden, I urge you to guess again, because the West Coast is absolutely stunning as well.

West Coast Sweden

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17. Abisko

Seeking for a unique experience in Sweden? Head to Abisko and catch the Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis. Even though you can see it at other places, Abisko is renowned as one of the best places to see the spectacle!

northern lights

Photo: Hjalmar Andersson/

18. Uppsala

A city that has played a big role as the cultural capital of Sweden. It’s still a place for education, but you can also enjoy the historic parts as well as the cozy cafés and sprawling student life.


19. Dalhalla

Ever been to an amphitheater in a limestone quarry? Probably not, but at Dalhalla you can enjoy this magical experience and listen to some good tunes in a fantastic natural setting.


20. Malmö

The third largest city of Sweden is a multi-cultural place where you can experience culture from all over the world. Besides that, you can stop by for a nice drink or beer at Lilla Torg during summer, or admire the architecture of Turning Torso.

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21. Åre

Longing for those exciting ski slopes and after ski parties? Then Åre is a place for you!


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22. Kolarbyn

Want to experience life in the woods without electricity and luxury? Kolarbyn offers a unique hotel stay.


Photo: Mikaela Larm / Kolarbyn

23. Marstrand

Boats, luxury, royals and sailing competitions in abundance are just some of the perks of visiting Marstrand.


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24. Ystad

Wallander’s Ystad is a picturesque little city in the region of Skåne, and a popular place to visit during summer. The movies of Wallander has made it even more famous among tourists.

If you fancy some spa-treatments and sea-views I urge you to visit the Ystad Saltsjöbaden, which is the best spa-hotel in Sweden!


25. The Archipelago

And finally, the most famous place to visit in Sweden – The Stockholm Archipelago! Thousands of islands and islets are waiting to be explored, and to go on a boat tour here is one of the best things to do in Sweden as a tourist.

stockholm archipelago

Photo: Henrik Trygg/

My top 5 Favorite places to visit in Sweden

  • Skåne
  • Lapland
  • Birka
  • Gothenburg
  • Stockholm

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Want some more tips on places to visit in Sweden? Leave a comment and tell me what you’re looking for, and I will most likely have an answer for you.

The same goes if you have other questions about traveling in Sweden, I’m happy to answer and help you to discover my beautiful country! 

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Saturday 28th of September 2019

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Monday 26th of August 2019

Hello, I am planning to drive from Söderköping to Kiruna, is there a particular route you would recommend? I would prefer to stay off main roads as much as possible and take 7 to 10 days there and back. Thank you

Alexander Waltner

Monday 26th of August 2019

Hello Angela, That's almost a 16-hour drive, so I highly recommend that you drive along the highway and make detours and overnight somewhere. The small roads will take a very long time to drive, and the highway will have exits to all places of interest. The highway is called E4 and goes along the east coast.

John Reff

Thursday 4th of July 2019

Hello, My wife ( Swedish heritage) and I are planning to visit Sweden next year with our 10 yr. old grandson. Some suggestions for us for a 7-10 day stay?

Alexander Waltner

Monday 26th of August 2019

Hello John, how nice! Is there any particular interest you have? And to what region in Sweden are you planning to visit? I recommend renting a car if you want to see as much as possible.

Angelika Gorman

Monday 20th of May 2019

Is visiting Kiruna/Abisko a good idea in the middle of September when you have only 2 to 3 days starting from Stockholm. Northern lights and Sami Culture would be the draw. I realize seeing the lights requires a stroke of luck but is there even a decent chance that time of year? The travel time seems too much given the limited time available. Thanks

Alexander Waltner

Friday 14th of June 2019

Hello Angelika, You would have to fly to Kiruna because the train takes a long time, so you would lose 2 days if you take the train back and forth. I haven't been there in the middle of September so I'm not actually sure about the Northern Lights. It's probably better if you check with the local tourism information because they will certainly know the odds of seeing it during that time.

But if you book a flight to Kiruna, you will get there quickly and thus can enjoy it making it worthwhile going there for Stockholm only for 2-3 days.

Kimi Soni

Monday 13th of August 2018

Thank you so much for This informative post. Here you explain everything about Sweden famous places.